You know the deal: When even a little water hits the ground on Long Island during the morning commute, traffic usually grinds to a halt.
So you’d think that after this weekend’s storm – one of the worst in decades, and rain still coming down is areas, drivers on the way to work across the Island would be stuck long enough to remember the license plates of the cars ahead.
Not so. News 12 Long Island traffic reporter Elisa DiStefano said delays were lighter than usual on the major arteries – whether it was the Long Island Expressway, the Northern State Parkway, the Southern State or even Sunrise Highway.
The problem, she said, was road closures on the roads with less traffic.
Among the incidents:
*A water main break on Middle Country Road in Middle Island
*Car fires on Route 106 and in Kings Park
*Flooding on 25A in Oyster Bay
*Downed trees on Route 111 in East Islip, Franklin Avenue in Franklin Square and Beach Street in Wantagh.
*In Brentwood, a downed wire fell on Suffolk County Transit bus with commuters on it on Oak Street and Washington Avenue
“I thought the delays would be much heavier this morning,” DiStefano said. “Whenever there’s rain it always seems to be worse.”
Even on the Long Island Rail Road, trains were on schedule.